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Folklore: Getting Started

Use this guide to help you select resources for research in folklore.

1) Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

Try to find the following books:

-- American folklore : an encyclopedia (1996)
-- Archetypes and motifs in folklore and literature (2005)
-- Encyclopedia of urban legends (2012)
-- The Greenwood encyclopedia of world folklore and folklife (2006)

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2) Credo Reference

Do you use Wikipedia? Since anybody can edit the content of Wikipedia, the information may not include various viewpoints and some sources may not be up-to-date. Until you can critically evaluate the information, you may also use CREDO Reference. This is created by scholars and you can understand various perspectives and definitions.

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Classification / Bibliography

Motif Indexes